Royal Surrey launches unique OSCE prep training course

tocRoyal Surrey County Hospital has launched a tailor-made training course to prepare overseas nurses for their practical test of competence examination.

All nurses and midwives who have trained outside of the European Economic Area (EAA) and want to work in the UK must gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

An applicant’s competence is tested through a computer based test and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which is a practical assessment of their skills.

Following the success of the Trust’s in-house OSCE preparation programme, the course will be offered to applicants from across the UK after receiving numerous requests for assistance from other organisations.

Delivered over five days and based on the criteria set by the NMC, the Test of Competence (part 2) OSCE preparation training course syllabus equips candidates with the practical skills and the theoretical knowledge to pass the OSCE.

Led by experienced practitioners, the programme covers competencies such as medicine management, basic life support, and wound care.

It also features a mock assessment to ensure candidates have the chance to hone their techniques and skills in preparation for the final exam at the University of Northampton.

Victoria Wilding, Practice Development Sister, who designed the course said, “Several Practice Development Nurses throughout the UK have attended components of our OSCE preparation programme to see the planning and implementation of our courses.

“The positive feedback we have received from them validates our time and care.

“With a 96 percent pass rate, I’m proud of our proven track record of successfully guiding candidates through the process.”

Staff Nurse Grenda Mae Panibawan came to the UK from the Philippines in February this year and completed her OSCE in July.

Despite having more than 15 years’ experience, Grenda Mae found the training she received from the Trust invaluable to her success.

“When I went to take my OSCE I felt incredibly well prepared for the exam thanks to the training and course material I received,” said Grenda Mae.

“I have a lot of nursing experience, but the course helped me to adapt my skills to the very active role that nurses play in the UK.

“As well as showing where I could develop my skills, the mock simulation also prepared me for the atmosphere of the examination and the nerves I would experience.”

Practice Development charge nurse Venson Nuevas added: “The OSCE can be a notoriously difficult exam to pass and here at Royal Surrey we have developed a programme that fully prepares candidates with the practical and theoretical knowledge they require to achieve the pass grade.

“Initially this course was only offered in-house, but after being inundated with requests from colleagues wanting to know the secret to our nurses’ success, we have decided to offer it to applicants from across the country.

“A major component of the course is also mock assessment, featuring three simulation stations, and covering the key areas where we know most candidates fail.

“Taught by the practice development team, who were recently awarded the quality mark for teaching, we aim to deliver our OSCE preparation programme to groups of no more than 10 participants to ensure that everyone gets the support they need.”

The first course will take place on October 17 and will cost £750. To book a place please email:

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